New Coop Trauma or Molting or Both?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lillybaby, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. lillybaby

    lillybaby Out Of The Brooder

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    We remodeled the coop and run for our 6 buff orp hens 2 weeks ago and they haven't laid an egg since. Prior to that, we were getting 4-5 eggs per day. I know they need to adjust to the new place and I know it's molting season, but is there anything other than provide more protein that we can to do help them through this traumatic time in their lives? How long should we expect them to be on strike? Thanks in advance for the advice!
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to the forum.
    Maybe you have two problems here, nothing serious however.
    Chickens hate change and don't do well with that...
    Optimum laying requires 14 hours of daylight....so maybe that is a factor also?

    This is all part of having fun and learning eh?

    Nothing but the best for you and the girls!

    bigzio
     
  3. holliewould

    holliewould Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea. All I did was rearrange a nest a bit. You know, change the sheets. Mine threw a huge tantrum. She wanted to lay so bad but was that upset about her bedding being cleaned up and stuff and she took a few days off. Also she complained about it constantly. I'll never do it again. I don't need that kind of drama you know. I have found that they're pretty fussy when it comes to routine and such.
     
  4. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cleaned the coop and put plastic up on the windows on Sat after I collected eggs. 10 for the day. Average for right now. No eggs on sun, mon, or tue. We got eggs again today. My girls just don't like me going in there and expressed it in the best way they know how.
     

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